Defenseman Pavel Kubina Retires After 14 Seasons in NHL
According to a story courtesy Sports Illustrated via Fox Sports, veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina has decided to hang up his skates after 14 seasons in the NHL.
The 36-year-old Czech international played for four teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning who drafted him in 1996 and amassed 110 goals and 276 assists throughout his career. Kubina sent out a press release on Friday thanking everyone from the Lightning organization to family and friends.
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“Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for 13 seasons has been a dream come true. I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004. Thank you to Phil Esposito for drafting me and giving me a chance to play for the Lightning. I also would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my hockey journey.”